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Clues of self-sufficiency – Stefan C. Popa

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Architecture Knowledge and Writing – 2014/15

Writing Exercise 2 (600 – 800 words)

Task: Identify a building in London and speculate about the political, socio-economical and technological conditions that informed and possibly determined its design.

Example: Jonathan Massey, Risk Design, 2013

Savia Palate

Stefan C. Popa

Sunaina Shah

Daniela Puga

Davi Weber

Elena Palacios

 

Melissa Hollis

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Design by words 2014/15

Workshop on Reading and Writing with Fabrizio Gallanti and Marina Lathouri.
In this one-week intensive workshop reading and writing are considered as a tool to share and communicate ideas in a clear and direct way. The objective is to introduce the students to formats and techniques of academic writing, with particular emphasis on the strategies to advance, develop and express ideas at an early stage of work.
Each day consists of the reading and discussion of a writing example, and then the writing and reading in public of a book proposal. The practice of reading, during which words, voices and still images weave into a space of exchange will evoke a different entry into the problem of the voice.

For such purpose, five readings are suggested, and two projects to be developed over the course of the week and to be evaluated and discussed on a daily basis.

Julian Barnes, Levels of Life, London 2013
Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millenium, 1988
David Foster Wallace, ‘Authority and the American Usage’, in: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, 2005
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces
Clear and Simple As the Truth: Writing Classic Prose, by Francis-Noël Thomas and Mark Turner

Reading project: Titles, subtitles, and blurbs
Each participant will have to identify and bring to class, at least 5 examples of academic publications (books or articles). Fields can vary, architecture, urban studies, arts history, sociology, etc. They will analyze the title, subtitle and the abstract (or in some cases the back cover blurb). Through visual presentation they will organize interpretations and judgments about the combination of these elements, selecting among the examples, two specific ones, which would be considered as the best and the worst.

Writing project: Letter to a publisher
Each student will produce a one-page book proposal with the intention to contact an academic publisher and/or journal, proposing the content of the research as suitable for publication. The key element would be a one-sentence summary, a brief overview and the explanation of the reasons why such book would be needed and for which audience. On the base of the topic identified, an annotated bibliography of 7 books and/or articles is to support the research and discourse of the proposed book.

Writing project proposals: Letter to a publisher

Daniela Puga

Davi Weber

Elena Palacios

 

Melissa Hollis

 

Rachel Serfling

 

Savia Palate

 

Shengze Chen

 

Sunaina Shah

 

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Design by words 2015/16

Workshop on reading and writing with Fabrizio Gallanti and Marina Lathouri held between 4-6 of May.
In this intensive workshop, writing is considered as practice of thinking and a tool to communicate ideas in a clear and direct way, moving away from the complexities of architectural jargon and academic writing.

The objective is to introduce the students to formats and techniques of writing, with particular emphasis on the strategies to advance and develop ideas at an early stage of work. For such purpose, three readings are suggested, and three exercises (evaluated and discussed on a daily basis) will be developed over the course of a week, with early morning and late afternoons sessions (to guarantee time in between for the act of writing).

 

Day 1

Constanza Larach – Book cover: Manufacturing Global Memory

Cecilia Larrea Mijares – Book cover

 

 

Ushma Thakrar – Book cover: The Custodial Subject

 

Federico Ortiz – Book cover: Co-operative Pedagogies

 

 

Evonne Jiawei Yuan – Book cover: The Art-Architecture Complex of Instant Garden

 

Silvia Mundula – Book Cover: The non-architectural Perception of Space

 

 

 

Day 2

Constanza Larach – Tweets

 

Cecilia Larrea Mijares – Tweets

 

 

Ushma Thakrar – Tweets

 

Federico Ortiz – Tweets

 

 

Silvia Mundula – Tweets

 

Day 3 Constanza Larach – Book cover: Manufacturing Global Memory

 

 

Cecilia Larrea Mijares – Book cover

 

Silvia Mundula – Book Cover: The non-architectural Perception of Space

 

 

Ushma Thakrar – Book cover: The Custodial Subject

 

Federico Ortiz – Book cover: Co-operative Pedagogies

 

 

Evonne Jiawei Yuan – Book cover: The Art-Architecture Complex of Instant Garden

 

Silvia Mundula – Book Cover: The non-architectural Perception of Space

 

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Sophia Psarra – interview by Sunaina Shah

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Louis Moreno: interview by Rachel Serfling

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Adrian Lahoud – interview by Stefan C. Popa

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A. Vougia – interview by Rajeel Arab

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Louis Moreno – interview by Shengze Chen

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Adrian Lahoud – interview by Savia Palate

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Benjamin Noys – interview by Amina Al-Failakawi

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Thanos Zartaloudis – interview by Davi Weber

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A. Vougia – interview by Elena Paca

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Alejandra Celedon – interview by Daniela Puga

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David Cunningham – interview by Melissa Hollis

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DIY Subjectivity – Savia Palate

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Oblique strategies – Elena Palacios Carral

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Athletes in academia – Maria Jose Orihuela

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Read of the American desert – Álvaro Velasco Pérez

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